Doing their best Beatles Abbey Road cover impression, West Kelowna Mayor Doug Findlater and Coun. Rick de Jong lead a small group across the new crosswalk on Westlake Road and Rosewood Drive in Rose Valley Thursday to celebrate the opening of the rebuilt Westlake Road.
The short ceremony marked the completion of the $6.3 million road project that saw reconstruction of the road and includes the district’s first roundabout at Westlake Road and Stevens Road.
With money from the federal gas tax fund, as well as contributions from ICBC, district development cost charges paid by developers and $1.6 million in municipal reserves, the two-metre stretch of road from Starlight Crescent to Highway 97 now includes sidewalks and bike lanes.
Upgraded from what Findlater described as a “paved cowpath,” the road is considered much safer now for pedestrians living in the Rose Valley area. The previous road did not even have paved or gravel shoulders for pedestrians to walk on.
Findlater said pedestrians can now walk or cycle down to Highway 97 where they can catch a RapidBus at one of two new and additional bus pullout stops that B.C. Transit is paying to construct as part of the regional transit system.